katharina.jpgI wanted to celebrate my return to cruisekat.net in the most spectacular way, with stories of the startup and the first voyages, but then everything came differently… We are still super busy and I just can’t find time to sit down, relax and compose an article without any distraction. But…

Our Cruise Director John Heald is a celebrity with his Carnival Cruise Blog, and these days he is interviewing crew members for his blog. It was me yesterday, and Jason today, and you’ve got to see it:

http://johnhealdsblog.com/2008/07/26/getting-lostaround-the-world/

Let’s have a look at today’s bio featuring another unsung hero. Kat is part of the I/S team who without………….well…………lets just say that Kat may as well sleep in my cabin as I call her in a panic so much every time my computer decides to piss me off……….which is every day that ends in a Y. Here is her Bio which I know you will enjoy.

NAME
Katharina Jauch

DEPARTMENT AND POSITION
Information Systems, Senior Information Systems Manager

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES
For almost five years

WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE

In a nutshell: Maintaining the onboard computer systems. For techies: Hard- and software maintenance, upgrades and updates, general user support, bow-to-stern WiFi, ship’s VoIP cell phones, satellite connectivity, network administration, user administration, Point-of-Sales systems in bars / gift shop / restaurants, specialized applications in all shipboard departments, antivirus protection, liaison between users and technicians / developers / programmers at HQ, overseeing technical aspects of embarkation and gangway security, printing the guests’ Sail & Sign cards 2 days prior to embarkation.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM
Germany

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB

The variety of issues to deal with; to work with shipboard users; to help others being able to do their job

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY BACK HOME
My parents, a younger brother and a younger sister – a fun bunch of people.

WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT BEING IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY APART FROM FAMILY

Fast internet, real chocolate

FAVORITE THINGS
Road trips, photography, cooking

MOVIE
Eurotrip

MUSIC
Wide variety – from Sting to Nickelback, from Rammstein to Bach

FOOD

All sorts of fresh fruits, especially berries

IF YOU COULD MEET ANY FAMOUS PERSON IN THE WORLD WHO WOULD IT BE

Sting

IF YOU HAD TO DO ANOTHER JOB ON THE SHIP WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO AND WHY
I’d be a Crew Welfare Officer –great potential for a very rewarding job but that position doesn’t exist (yet) at Carnival.

Thanks Kat and what an interesting thought………… a crew welfare officer ……………. mmmmm………..something to think about there. Anyway, I am sure the computer people enjoyed the interview and if you have any computerist questions please let me know and I will send them on to Kat.

http://johnhealdsblog.com/2008/07/27/the-european-union/

The ship cannot sail without her Captain and of course one other man or woman must also be onboard before the vessel can leave the dock………the Doctor………..so, I thought we should highlight one of our Carnival Splendor Physicians………..my friend Dr.Jason Wolfe,

NAME
Dr Jason Wolfe


DEPARTMENT AND POSITION

Senior Physician (Medical Department)

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED FOR CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES

6 Years

WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE

Routine & emergency medical care for all the guests and crew on the ship.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM
London, England

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB
I love the autonomy, and that I take full responsibility for medical care from beginning to end. I need to have skills in many different fields in medicine… Sometimes pre-hospital care, sometimes emergency medicine, sometimes orthopedics, sometimes surgery, sometimes anesthesiology, sometimes ENT, sometimes cardiology, sometimes pediatrics, sometimes gynecology, and sometimes even psychiatry. I love the variety of cases, and that anything can happen.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY BACK HOME

A small family, mostly also in London.

WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT BEING IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY (APART FROM FAMILY)
Walking to the shops, or the local park. Fast internet access.

FAVORITE THINGS
Traveling, Motorbiking, Climbing, Scuba Diving.

MOVIE
The Importance of Being Earnest

MUSIC
Classical

FOOD
A fresh salad sandwich in a granary roll

IF YOU COULD MEET ANY FAMOUS PERSON IN THE WORLD WHO WOULD IT BE
Yoda

IF YOU HAD TO DO ANOTHER JOB ON THE SHIP WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO AND WHY
Quartermaster – I get to drive the ship, but none of the responsibility.

Thanks Doc and thanks for all you and your team do here onboard and your colleagues who perform life saving procedures everyday on ships around the world.